Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Title: An Evening with Jakarta After Dark. Highly recommended

O. K, I'm probably going to bore anyone here who spends time in north Jakarta, but for the benefit of anyone like me who doesn't know much outside of Blok M and the four / five star hotel scene, here goes.

Jakarta After Dark (JAD) offers tours of the nightlife in Jakarta. See the classified section here or his website, www.jakartaafterdark.com, for more details. 

JAD was at my hotel promptly at 7:00 PM yesterday. We headed first to Kings Cross, in west Jakarta (Kelapagading). The trip there was memorable, past nice houses, lakes, and colonial looking architecture. I'd never seen this part of Jakarta before. 

There were several clubs in the area where we stopped. We headed to King's Cross. Women were available for 300, 000 to 550, 000 Rp. For an hour and were reasonably attractive. The facilities were good. 

Next stop was Alexis, north of downtown. This was more upscale, and consisted of a club, massage, and brothel in the same building. The outstanding feature of Alexis was the pool and spa. It was really nice and you could head there with your date after making your selection. Prices ran from 950, 000 for Indonesians to 1. 9 million for foreigners, primarily PRC with a few Thais. The Indonesians in King's Cross were actually more attractive on average than the natives I saw in Alexis.

The final stop was the most intriguing. Marlioboro was like Alexis on speed. The strip club within the building was on par with a really good gentlemen's club in the USA The separate bars had nice selections of women of various nationalities, even about 8 Colombians. On average, the women were better looking that the other places. And if you go there in late evening from the Central Business District, it's only about a 15 minute trip, assuming traffic's not bad. There was one bar in the building where Indonesians available for 350, 000, and another bar with natives costing 800, 000, and the foreigners costing 1. 5 million or so, I think.

Having JAD along was great. He's a great conversationalist on whatever subject, Indonesian finance or politics or whatever. And he knows how the system works. I have spent some time in past years in north Jakarta in Today's Country and clubs on Jalan Mangga Besar. I couldn't communicate with the girls or the mamasan's, didn't even know you're supposed to ask the mammasan's for line-ups, and sometimes was frustrated with the process. So JAD was a big help with that. 

The tour was supposed to last for 3 hours but went for 5-1/2, and the reason it ended then is because I've got a lot to do today and couldn't stay out all night. I believe JAD treats his other clients with similar consideration. 

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